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  • Sep. 20th, 2007 at 9:43 PM
Hi, all. I apologize in advance if this isn't the kind of thing you guys can help me with! But I'm still really new at LJ layouts, and as much CSS experience as I've got under my belt, I'm really stumped by the way my otherwise functional layout renders in IE (6).

The layout is here; http://community.livejournal.com/standonthesky/

(More apologies, I know the code is a bit ugly and still all in the head instead of a neat, separate CSS file, and I know there are a lot of !important declarations. Honest, I don't normally code this way!)

Essentially, I'm really hoping some of you experts can help me figure out what kind of overrides to put in there so that the IE version works, too. I'm thinking absolute positioning instead of fixed positioning would help, although I was trying to avoid it so that the dreaded navstrip wouldn't be hidden behind divs.

And, as the image map would indicate, this is on a paid account.

Thanks in advance!


Sep. 21st, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, sorry about that; RP account that I'm using to make the actual changes to the layout. I keep changing between them to comment on this thread, and I slipped up.

Re: overflow

It's an attempt to override the original layout's approximately twenty separate "overflow: hidden" declarations, which were doing a weird thing that caused the header blocks not to completely cover up the black background. (The padding was showing up as a black strip "on top of" them, and even with 0 or negative padding, there was a single black pixel of "border" going down the left and right sides.)

Still, that hadn't really occurred to me, so thank you. I suppose I'll have to track down the block of code that needs its overflow: auto, or vice versa; this is what I get for being lazy.

Re: fixed

I know. I really have no idea what to do about that; although there are numerous ways of trying to fix it, most of them seem to involve JavaScript to some extent, and even if I COULD do that with LJ, I hate the visual effect.

I suppose I'll have to settle for something halfway: I'll use position: absolute; on both divs, and let the menu scroll out of sight, or something. Maybe do a pixel drag or something to fix the part where the image is otherwise just going to "stop" abruptly.

Re: current problems still remaining

The part where the div doesn't show up at all seems to mainly be a problem with the fact that the "header" div is inside several others, and position: absolute isn't yanking it out of the flow in IE like it should. If you refresh, you'll see that at least the image is now showing up in IE, now that I've put all my coding instead in a new div right after the body tag called "sos_group".

Of course, I can't just do this, because the code snippet I snitched from this community to put an image map in is using the header_links function to build itself, and I don't know enough about S2 code to move this block into the new div, or even just yank the header to where the new div is currently located! Bah. :(
Sep. 21st, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Out of curiousity, did you try disabling the base stylesheets through the Customization Wizard or in the theme layer? Something weird is going on because it's trying to load a non-existent stylesheet.

If you make the theme layer's source viewable and provide the ID, I could probably help out with that.
Sep. 21st, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
I think that's me, attempting to wedge IE's conditional comments in there. (I really just want two declarations, absolute positioning on the relevant divs, but since I wasn't sure how much else I'd need to fiddle with, I was just going to make an extra stylesheet called ie.css.) So far the layer does not like them, which is such a shame.

Boy it's been a while since I last tried anything like this -- I don't remember how to make a theme public. *much bowing and scraping and appreciation for all your help so far, by the way*
Sep. 21st, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
At the top, with the rest of the layerinfo:
layerinfo "source_viewable" = 1;
Sep. 21st, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Okay, done -- like hours later; sorry!

Oct. 1st, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
It still doesn't look quite right in IE... the page scrolls, but the graphic on the left looks "smeared" below the floating links.

(Sorry about the delay.. work has been unusually busy the last few weeks trying to get some software ready.)
Oct. 1st, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
At this point, that's deliberate. I made a "pixel-drag" background image for IE so that at least it wouldn't look so plain; without JavaScript, there's nothing I can do to get IE6 to emulate the fixed positioning.

I'm sure IE7 still looks a bit off, but I used an underscore hack to feed the "fixed" code only to IE6, so it should be getting the fixed-position code like all the other browsers. (I much prefer conditional comments to things like this, but I was unable to get them to display; the layer compiler ate the code.)

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